Have the Mariners turned a corner?

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Following the Central Coast Mariners’ dramatic 3-2 victory over the Newcastle Jets in the F3 derby, the bottom placed outfit collected their first win in two months and it could be the catalyst for a bright future.

It was evident that the managerial change prior to the derby match up played a big influence as caretaker boss Alen Stajčić managed to snatch victory in his first game in charge after his controversial sacking from the Matildas in January.

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Stajčić was impressed with his side’s courage against Newcastle and with five matches remaining this term, the 45-year-old will be eager to not only salvage a bit of pride in what has been a horror show this season, but to build a formula for success heading into the next campaign.

Having conceded a staggering 13 goals in their previous two encounters heading in to McDonald James Stadium, a clear onus was placed by Stajčić to fix their defensive frailties and though the visitors nearly blew their three-goal advantage, they hung on to secure one of the most dramatic wins in A-League history.

If losing a derby was not bad enough for the Jets, their arch nemesis put a dent in their finals aspirations as they currently sit five points off sixth placed Adelaide United.

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The away side were potent in front of their oppositions goal and you could say that clinical edge has been dearly missed all season long.

Stajčić has shown that a more defensive approach can help the Mariners moving forward and as long as they continue to put the ball in the back of the net and accumulate victories, there will be no shortage of disappointment beaming around the Gosford faithful.

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Finishing the 2018-19 campaign will not be easy given that four of the Mariners next five opponents sit inside the top six, but with new man Stajčić in the dugout, there is optimism surrounding the club once again.

 

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Michael Djordjieski
Bachelor of Sports Media graduate from the University of Canberra. Live and breath everything to do with football.

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